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Jun 16, 2011

Snap analysis – Zawahri seeks to rally embattled al Qaeda

LONDON (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s new chief Ayman al-Zawahri may struggle to rally his embattled militants after the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2 and the simultaneous capture by U.S. forces of some of the group’s innermost secrets.

The Egyptian-born ideologue and plotter is expected to want to launch a big attack to cement his authority over the far-flung network, which staged the Sept 11. 2001 raids and other bombings on Western targets around the world.

Jun 16, 2011

Zawahri seeks to rally embatted al Qaeda

LONDON, June 16, (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s new chief Ayman
al-Zawahri may struggle to rally his embattled militants after
the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2 and the simultaneous
capture by U.S. forces of some of the group’s innermost secrets.

The Egyptian-born ideologue and plotter is expected to want
to launch a big attack to cement his authority over the
far-flung network, which staged the Sept 11. 2001 raids and
other bombings on Western targets around the world.

Jun 13, 2011

Analysis – West cheers Qaeda loss, but Somali chaos endures

LONDON (Reuters) – Hailed as a counter-terrorism triumph of global importance, the killing in Somalia of a top al Qaeda plotter will do nothing in the short-term to stabilise the world’s most profoundly failed state.

The government forces who shot Fazul Mohammed at a roadblock in Mogadishu Tuesday delighted Western officials by removing a notoriously accomplished bomber from al Qaeda’s ranks and netting a haul of intelligence on his mobile phones and laptops.

Jun 12, 2011

IMF cyber attack aimed to steal insider information: expert

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – A major cyber attack on the IMF aimed to steal sensitive insider information, a cyber security expert said on Sunday, as the race to lead the body which oversees global financial system heated up.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping to investigate the attack on the International Monetary Fund, the latest in a rash of cyber break-ins that have targeted high-profile companies and institutions.

Jun 12, 2011

IMF cyber attack aimed to steal insider info-expert

WASHINGTON/LONDON, June 12 (Reuters) – A major cyber attack
on the IMF aimed to steal sensitive insider information, a cyber
security expert said on Sunday, as the race to lead the body
which oversees global financial system heated up.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping to
investigate the attack on the International Monetary Fund, the
latest in a rash of cyber break-ins that have targeted
high-profile companies and institutions.

Jun 12, 2011

Qaeda takes new hit with loss of E.Africa plotter

LONDON (Reuters) – The killing in Somalia of a top al Qaeda militant deepens the group’s woes a month after Osama bin Laden’s death, but Fazul Mohammed’s recent role as a trainer of aspiring operatives may have left a menacing legacy.

Somali police said on Saturday that Mohammed, one of the world’s most wanted men and a master of attack planning, disguise, evasion and languages, had been killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Tuesday.

Jun 11, 2011

Analysis: Qaeda takes new hit with loss of East Africa plotter

LONDON (Reuters) – The killing in Somalia of a top al Qaeda militant deepens the group’s woes a month after Osama bin Laden’s death, but Fazul Mohammed’s recent role as a trainer of aspiring operatives may have left a menacing legacy.

Somali police said Saturday that Mohammed, one of the world’s most wanted men and a master of attack planning, disguise, evasion and languages, had been killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu Tuesday.

Jun 8, 2011

Unlikely bin Laden in Abbottabad for 5 years: ex-ISI head

LONDON (Reuters) – It is unlikely Osama bin Laden lived for years in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad where he was found and killed by U.S. forces, a former head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency said Wednesday.

General Ehsan ul-Haq, who ran the ISI from 2001-2004, also rejected frequently-made suggestions that individual ISI agents might have helped the al Qaeda leader, arguing that it was a disciplined organization whose officers followed the policies of the country.

Jun 8, 2011

Unlikely bin Laden in A’bad for 5 years, ex-ISI head

LONDON, June 8 (Reuters) – It is unlikely Osama bin Laden
lived for years in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad where he was
found and killed by U.S. forces, a former head of Pakistan’s
Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency said on Wednesday.

General Ehsan ul-Haq, who ran the ISI from 2001-2004, also
rejected frequently-made suggestions that individual ISI agents
might have helped the al Qaeda leader, arguing that it was a
disciplined organisation whose officers followed the policies of
the country.

Jun 2, 2011

Benghazi blast shows risk of post-Gaddafi unrest

RABAT, June 2 (Reuters) – An explosion in rebel-held
Benghazi may be a harbinger of the kind of unrest Libya could
face in the event of Muammar Gaddafi’s ousting as diehard
loyalists seek to stifle revolutionary rule at birth.

The blast on Wednesday damaged a hotel used by rebels and
foreigners in Benghazi, wounding one person, and rebel
authorities said they believed the explosion might be linked to
Gaddafi agents still operating in the east.